The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 139
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The Founding of Mission Rosario.
or with another (otra) nation, their friends and confederates, on
the shore of the sea, which is some thirteen or fourteen leagues dis-
tant to the east of the mission. They are all barbarous, idle, and
lazy; and although they were so greedy and gluttonous that they
eat meat almost raw, parboiled, or half roasted and dripping with
blood, yet, rather than stay in the mission where the padre pro-
vides them everything needed to eat and wear, they prefer to suffer
hunger, nakedness, and other necessities, in order to be at liberty
and idle in the woods or on the beach, giving themselves up to all
kinds of vice, especially lust, theft, and dancing."'
Such were the difficulties usually attending the labors of the fron-
tier missionaries, exaggerated somewhat in this instance, no doubt,
by the exceptional crudeness of the tribes they were trying to
subdue. And such were the meager first fruits of Escand6n's well
considered plan to occupy the coast country this side of the Rio
Grande. In after years the wooden church of the mission was re-
placed by one of stone, and the mission experienced varying de-
grees of prosperity. Escand6n's project of establishing a Spanish
pueblo near by was also realized, and other weak settlements were
founded toward the Rio Grande. But these are matters outside
the scope of this paper.
'Solis, Diario, in Memorias de Nueva Espana, XXVII, 256-259.
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